Reaction Videos and Copyright


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Hi, Hello.

Let me start by saying that I'm not sure if this post should be here or under Copyright, so, Admins, feel free to switch it if I was wrong to post here, and I apologize for the mistake.

Now, I want to do reaction videos to first episodes of certain shows, and I'm wondering what I have to do to keep it from copyright infringement. I was thinking of doing it like game channels (not unlike pewdiepie) who has the game and then, himself, talking on the corner. (Perhaps I'll do it the other way around, with me on the main screen and the episode on the corner, or 50/50, I'm unsure for now.) Regardless, I don't want to get scratched for infringement, so if anyone can help me with that, thank you :D
Moved this here for you, I get how it could fit into the other section but with it being a question regarding possible infringing content then here is best :)

I am unsure myself unfortunately, I am not all that knowledgeable when it comes to fair use etc
So your gonna make goggle box ?

I'm pretty sure you can't just show any episodes of a TV show, the only way you can do it is say the show before hand and then just film yourself on cam watching it.
A lot of people have cartoon impressions of what happened on the show or still images....

Its a hard one to get into imho but fair play if you pursue it then it might work out really well for yourself.
This is a great question and there are a lot of tipping points here. At the end of the day, there is no absolute answer. In order to minimize your risk, I would do the following:
  • The reaction/opinion needs to be the central focus of the video.
  • Definitely do not use full screen video for any footage you did not create, it needs to be thumbnail size at most and extremely short in duration. Think about how CNN would do it.
Those would be the two major items I would look at, but I'm not a legal expert. Fair use is tricky.
Thank you, everyone for helping. This is not the main focus on my channel, in fact, i was just going to do it a few times, if it proves to be too "grey area"ish, I think I rather not do it than run the risk.